Week 3 stats and trends: plenty of playoff hope for 0-2 teams

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Sep 22, 2010



MARATHON NOT SPRINT: History shows that 0-2 teams advance to the playoffs more often than people might think.  Since the current playoff format was instituted in 1990, 22 teams started 0-2 and still qualified for the postseason.
 
The 1993 Dallas Cowboys started 0-2 before winning Super Bowl XXVIII.  The 0-2 New England Patriots of 1996 played in Super Bowl XXXI, and in 2001, the 0-2 Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVI.  Most recently, the 2007 New York Giants started 0-2 before winning Super Bowl XLII. 
 
0-2 teams to qualify for the playoffs (since 1990)
YEAR
 
TEAM
 
WINLESS START
ADVANCED TO:
 
1990
 
Houston Oilers
 
0-2
Wild Card Playoffs
 
 
 
Philadelphia Eagles
 
0-2
Wild Card Playoffs
 
 
 
New Orleans Saints
 
0-2
Wild Card Playoffs
 
1991
 
Atlanta Falcons
 
0-2
Wild Card Playoffs
 
1992
 
San Diego Chargers
 
0-4
Divisional Playoffs
 
1993
 
Pittsburgh Steelers
 
0-2
Wild Card Playoffs
 
 
 
Dallas Cowboys
 
0-2
Won Super Bowl XXVIII
 
1994
 
New England Patriots
 
0-2
Wild Card Playoffs
 
1995
 
Detroit Lions
 
0-3
Wild Card Playoffs
 
1996
 
New England Patriots
 
0-2
Lost Super Bowl XXXI
 
1998
 
Arizona Cardinals
 
0-2
Divisional Playoffs
 
 
 
Buffalo Bills
 
0-3
Wild Card Playoffs
 
 
 
New York Jets
 
0-2
Championship Game
 
2001
 
New England Patriots
 
0-2
Won Super Bowl XXXVI
 
2002
 
Atlanta Falcons
 
0-2
Divisional Playoffs
 
 
 
Pittsburgh Steelers
 
0-2
Divisional Playoffs
 
2003
 
Philadelphia Eagles
 
0-2
Championship Game
 
2006
 
Kansas City Chiefs
 
0-2
Wild Card Playoffs
 
2007
 
New York Giants
 
0-2
Won Super Bowl XLII
 
2008
 
Miami Dolphins
 
0-2
Wild Card Playoffs
 
 
 
Minnesota Vikings
 
0-2
Wild Card Playoffs
 
 
 
San Diego Chargers
 
0-2
Divisional Playoffs

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
THAT WAS CLOSE: In the NFL, there is little room for error.  One play can mean the difference between winning and losing, as games are often decided by the slimmest of margins – especially in 2010.
 
Close games have been a theme for the league after the first two weeks of play.  In fact, 19 of the 32 games (59.4%) have been decided by seven points or fewer, the most at this point of the season in NFL history.
 
With some excellent matchups slated for Week 3, games should continue to be thisclose.   If seven games are decided by seven-or-fewer points this weekend, the 2010 season will feature the most ever seven-points-or-fewer games through the first three weeks, topping the 1988 season, which had 26 such games. 
 
ELITE COMPANY: New York Jets running back LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON has recorded 180 scrimmage yards (138 rushing, 42 receiving) in the first two games of the season, upping his career totals to 12,628 rushing yards and 3,997 receiving yards.
 
This Sunday against Miami, Tomlinson needs three receiving yards to become the fifth player in NFL annals to record 12,000 rushing yards & 4,000 receiving yards.
 
Players with 12,000 rushing yards and 4,000 receiving yards
   
 
RUSH YARDS
REC. YARDS
SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Walter Payton
 
Bears
 
16,726
4,538
21,264
Marshall Faulk
 
Colts, Rams
 
12,279
6,875
19,154
Marcus Allen
 
Raiders, Chiefs
 
12,243
5,411
17,654
Thurman Thomas
 
Bills, Dolphins
 
12,074
4,458
16,532
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LaDainian Tomlinson*
 
Chargers, Jets
 
12,628
3,997
16,625
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
* active player
 
BEST IN SHOW: Last week, Detroit Lions running back JAHVID BEST became the first rookie in NFL history with at least 75 rushing yards, 150 receiving yards and three touchdowns in a single game.  In his first two games, Best has amassed 268 yards from scrimmage (98 rush, 170 receiving) and leads the NFL with five touchdowns (four rush, one receiving).
 
With two touchdowns against the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday, Best would become the first player in NFL history to record seven touchdowns in his first three career games. 
 
Players with six touchdowns through first three games of their careers
   
 
TDs, FIRST TWO GAMES
 
TDs, FIRST THREE GAMES
Dutch Sternaman
 
Bears
 
6
6
Billy Sims
 
Lions
 
5
6
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jahvid Best, Lions*
 
Lions
 
5
???
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
* active player
 
OPEN THE GATES: Through the first two games of the 2010 season, San Diego Chargers tight end ANTONIO GATES has 10 receptions for 133 yards and three touchdowns, tied for first in the AFC. 
 
Gates, who has 62 career receiving touchdowns, needs one touchdown catch this week to surpass SHANNON SHARPE for second-most touchdown receptions by a tight end in NFL history.  Atlanta Falcons tight end TONY GONZALEZ ranks first with 82. 
 
Tight ends with the most TD catches in NFL history
Player
 
 Team(s)
 
TD CATCHES
GAMES PLAYED
Tony Gonzalez*
Chiefs, Falcons
 
82
208
Antonio Gates*
Chargers
 
62
111
Shannon Sharpe
Broncos, Ravens
 
62
204
Jerry Smith
Redskins
 
60
168
Wesley Walls
49ers, Saints, Panthers, Packers
 
54
196
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
* active players

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